BIRCH LAKE CAMPGROUND, MN

Birch Lake Campground is located in Superior National Forest near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, about 13 miles from Ely, Minnesota. It is an ideal place to relax while enjoying fishing, boating and other recreational activities. The campground has a main camping area,...
Status: Open through Sat Oct 18 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • $5/night fee will be collected for extra vehicles
  • Off-road and all-terrain vehicles not allowed during camping season
  • Click here to learn more about Superior National Forest
  • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit dontmovefirewood.org for more information.
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Overview

Overview

Birch Lake Campground is located in Superior National Forest near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, about 13 miles from Ely, Minnesota. It is an ideal place to relax while enjoying fishing, boating and other recreational activities. The campground has a main camping area, as well as 15 backcountry campsites on Birch Lake.

Natural Features:

Birch Lake covers 7,628 acres and is one of a series of lakes in the area. The campground lies in aspen and birch forest. Birds and wildlife are abundant.

Superior National Forest, located in northeastern Minnesota's Arrowhead Region, is comprised of 3-million acres. The forest spans 150 miles along the United States-Canada border.

Recreation:

Fishing, boating and canoeing are popular on Birch Lake. Anglers can use the boat ramp or try their luck from shore to catch northern pike, perch, crappie and walleye. There are no horsepower limitations for boats on the lake.

The shoreline is inviting for campers interested in canoeing. Canoe rentals are available from the campground concessionaire with a day's notice. Families also enjoy berry picking during the summer and early fall months.

View recreation guides and maps of hiking trails and canoe routes in the national forest.

Facilities:

The campground features shaded campsites, each with a picnic table, tent pad and campfire ring with grill. Campsites are organized into two loops, all near the water and well-separated by dense forest. The north loop also has a group site to accommodate up to 45 people with eight back-in parking spurs and an open play area. An additional 15 first-come, first-served primitive backcountry sites are also available.

Vault toilets and a hand pump for drinking water are provided, and firewood is available for purchase.

Nearby Attractions:

Numerous outdoor recreation opportunities lie within Superior National Forest's 77 lake accesses, 13 fishing piers, 10 swimming beaches and 22 picnic areas. The forest is also home to three scenic byways.

Campers can also explore the nearby Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Over 1-million acres in size, the Boundary Waters extends nearly 150 miles along the United States-Canada border and contains over 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over 2,000 designated campsites.

Booking Window

GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Sat Sep 06 2014 - Wed Sep 02 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Sat Sep 06 2014 - Mon Mar 02 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Fri May 02 2014 Tue Sep 30 2014
Walk In Wed Oct 01 2014 Sat Oct 18 2014
Peak Fri May 01 2015 Wed Sep 30 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Berry Picking
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Educational Programs
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Picnic Area
  • Recycling
  • Swimming
  • Tent Pads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
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Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 02 2014 -
Sep 30 2014
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $15.00
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $40.00
Walk In Season
Oct 01 2014 -
Oct 18 2014
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $15.00
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $40.00
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Sep 30 2015
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $15.00
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $40.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
47.75694, -91.78361
47°45'25"N, 91°47'1"W

From Ely, Minnesota, travel about 8 miles south on State Highway 1 toward Lake Superior, until Forest Road 429 (Little Lake Road). Turn right on Forest Road 429 and continue 4 miles to the campground entrance road. Turn left onto the campground road and continue 1 mile to the campground.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

BIRCH LAKE CAMPGROUND
11580 LITTLE LAKE RD
ELY  MN  55731

Phone Number:

Information:  (218)235-1299
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